The title of the exhibition is Alfons Mucha, Native Son of Ivančice 1860 – 1939 and it expresses the painter’s lifelong relationship with his hometown. The exhibits are divided into four rooms. Mucha´s paintings and graphic art collections are housed in the large hall. These mainly include study-pieces of nudes, a large sketch on cardboard for one of his monumental paintings of the Slavonic Epopee“ The Brethren School in Ivančice”, and the renowned pastel sketches for the painting “Jan Milíč from Kroměříž” from the same cycle of paintings. This room also features studies for the window panels of Saint Vitus´ Cathedral in Prague. Biographical information and photographs may be found in the room where Mucha´s bronze bust holds a dominant position. Personal belongings and copies of documents are also exhibited there. The room with correspondence best illustrates Mucha´s continuous contact with his hometown. The early works and paintings from his youth are also beautiful – portraits, a church tower, the front page of the municipal registry created by the artist, as well as the first Czechoslovakian postage stamps which Mucha designed. The last room of the exhibition may simply be called the Photo Room. It contains 63 photographs taken by the artist as studies for his works.
The local Jewish settlement, which had probably existed since as early as the 13th century, was one of the oldest and most important in Moravia. The Jewish Community of Ivančice was restored for a short period of time after the end of the WWII. Until 1840, a yeshiva was run in Ivančice with a number of noted rabbis.
The Jewish quarter is situated in the north part of the city centre, today comprising streets Josefa Vávry, Jana Schwarze and Ve fortně. Out of the initial 73 houses 52 remain, a bathhouse at No. 100 and a school at No. 42 among them. What arrests visitors’ attention is the picturesque front face of the house at No. 98 with a forged balcony railing from 1818.
The synagogue at 26 Josefa Vávry Street was built in late classicist style at the site of an older temple in 1853. The synagogue was used as a storage space for 50 years; since 2008 a comprehensive historical reconstruction has been under way in order to enable the use of the synagogue for the town’s cultural needs.
The Jewish cemetery can be found in Mřenková Street, approximately 400 m north of Palacký Square. It was founded in 16th century at the latest; the area of over 2.5 acres comprises about 1,800 tombstones, the oldest readable stone dating back to 1580. Some very valuable tombs can be found at the cemetery: of baroque and classicist origin, with remarkable symbolism alluding to the family, name, profession or character of the deceased. The cemetery is also a place where you can visit the graves of a number of notable personalities. A hall of mourning from 1902 built at the cemetery entrance in eclectic architectonic style arrests a visitor’s attention.
Ivančice is the birthplace of the musicologist Guido Adler (1855–1941, Vienna) and the music composer Hugo Weisgall (1912–1997, New York). A memorial mounted on the wall at 1 Krumlovská Street commemorates the place where a transit and later interment camp for Jewish citizens was located in 1938–1942.